Book Review – Britain’s Great War Experience, life at home and abroad, 1914-1918

B1986

One of the great joys of the outpouring of WWI history books, marking the first centenary, is the quality being achieved and the fresh insights being offered. This book is well up at the front of these new publications. The author has written expertly, the publisher has achieved a high standard of production, and the lavish illustration is outstanding, but at a very affordable price.

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NAME: Britain’s Great War Experience, life at home and abroad, 1914-1918
CATEGORY: Book Reviews
DATE: 290714
FILE: R1986
AUTHOR: Peter Liddle
PUBLISHER: Pen & Sword
BINDING: soft back
PAGES: 232
PRICE: £16.99
GENRE: Non Fiction
SUBJECT: Great War, WWI, World War One, First World War, Western Front, trenches, trench warfare, saps, command bunkers, communications, technology, mining, bombing raids, blockade, rationing, women workers, nurses, social change, home front, munitions workers
ISBN: 1-47382-116-9
IMAGE: B1986.jpg
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DESCRIPTION: One of the great joys of the outpouring of WWI history books, marking the first centenary, is the quality being achieved and the fresh insights being offered. This book is well up at the front of these new publications. The author has written expertly, the publisher has achieved a high standard of production, and the lavish illustration is outstanding, but at a very affordable price.

WWI not only drew in huge numbers of people from around the world, but it also introduced a range of new technology that was to revolutionize warfare, society and politics, shaping the Twentieth Century and carrying its influence into a new millennium. It was a very new experience for everyone.

In the air, on land, at sea, and underwater, new weapons demanded new tactics. Today it is difficult to fully appreciate how much changed from 1914, because these changes created the world in which we now live. The emancipation of women owned far less to the Suffragette terrorists, than it did to the demand for fighting men that denuded the factories, farms, cities, and transport networks of their workers, leaving a vacuum into which women were drawn. The experiences, new freedoms and money changed the way that these women saw life and their future. Many of the new technologies of war were also to revolutionize the peace when it came. The horrific casualty rate of the war was to require that women continued to work on in peace and use technologies that society previously considered the responsibility of men.

German terror bombing and the bombardment of coastal towns by warships meant there was no distant front line as in past wars. It was a universal involvement and experience. All of this has been revealed by the author in words and images. The reader is not only helped to understand WWI, but to put today into new perspective – So rush out and buy a copy.

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